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Reps. Costa And Poe Hail Passage of H. Res. 590 To Recognize National Domestic Violence Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last night, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 590, by a vote of 395 to 0.  This resolution, co-authored by Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno), supports the goals and ideals of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which takes place each October.

"Victims of domestic violence are our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and friends," said Costa.  "We need to bring the scourge of domestic violence to the forefront of our communities in hope that educating people about the evils of domestic violence will one day end this awful crime.  I am proud to have co-authored this bill, and will continue to work for all victims of crime."

"Love never comes with black eyes, bruises and battery," said Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas). "America must be concerned about what takes place in our families and the effects of domestic violence on everyone involved.  While one-in-four women are victims of domestic violence in their lifetime, they are not alone - men and children are victims as well.  This is a problem that goes far beyond the relationships of two people.  As a lifelong advocate for victims, it is important that we as a country recognize the devastating effects of domestic violence and do everything in our power to put an end to the nightmare."

Costa is a co-chairman of the bipartisan Victims Rights Caucus in the House of Representatives with Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas).  The goals of the caucus are to represent crime victims in the United States through legislation, to provide an ongoing forum for pro-active discussion between Congress and national victim assistance organizations, and to seep opportunities for public education initiatives to help people in the United States to understand the impact of crime on victims.